Last year’s food giveaway in New Holland, Pa., Was in response to the dumping of milk at the start of the pandemic.
The return of the event this year – transformed into a community lunch to celebrate Milk Month – was a response to last year’s community spirit.
In early spring 2020, brothers Karl and Mike Sensenig, third generation operators of Sensenig’s Feed Mill, worked with Milk Advocacy Group 97, Achenbach’s Bakery and Kreider Farms to distribute milk, bread and eggs to the community at a time when many grocery store shelves were empty or insufficient.
Everything went so well that the Sensenigs decided to host a similar event again this year, on June 9, with a few additions.
“This is the start of what we hope will be an annual event,” said Mike Sensenig.
The Sensenigs have teamed up with Hostetter Realty, Ephrata Church of the Brethren, Herr Foods, Yoder’s Country Market, the Dairy Pricing Association, Little Stream Auto Rental and 97 Milk for this year’s event.
The drive-thru, ham and cheese sandwich pickup lunch, Herr’s chips, white or chocolate milk, and a dairy month favorite – milkshakes – drew a constant stream of vehicles.
And you didn’t need a car or a truck to have fun.
A group of landscapers working nearby crossed the line on their lunch break, and a boy on a bicycle stopped for a free lunch.
“The Ephrata Brothers Church milkshake trailer was a big hit.” said Sensenig. “Who doesn’t love a cold vanilla milkshake on a summer day? “
According to Pastor Brian Messler, the church milkshake trailer is a favorite at social events and fairs.
Last year, approximately 5,500 gallons of milk were distributed. This year, according to Sensenig, there were 2,500 containers of white and chocolate milk, 1,500 ham and cheese sandwiches and fries, and as many milkshakes as church volunteers could prepare.
The remains were donated to CrossNet Ministries in New Holland.